Underrated: "He Deserves More Lyrical Respect Than He Gets"

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 8:30AM

Written by SOHH for J.R. Rotem

[SOHH features a new entertainment personality each week to speak on who they feel is the most underrated artist. After Yung Berg gave Bow Wow the title earlier this week, producer J.R. Rotem now crowns Game SOHH Underrated.]


I think the most underrated rapper out right now is Game. For me, it's the way he delivers. First of all, lyrically, he's on a way higher level than most. It's about the way he puts sentences and words together. It's also the way he's rhyming on songs that's important.

Another reason I like Game is because of the way he talks. The way he says things on records [contains] so much conviction, you can really feel something when it comes to him.

For me, there are rappers that are just amazing. They can do all of this rhyming stuff and things like that. But sometimes, if they're not saying anything with the right kind of swagger and that right kind of energy, then it doesn't have that much of an emotional impact on you.

You hear people spitting 16's all the time on mixtapes and they're saying stuff that's clever. But they don't deliver it with this power and intensity. It just doesn't make you feel anything. For me, music is all about making somebody feel something powerful. So when I hear Game spit, to me, it really, really kind of has that feature.

It's something about him that I can't quite name. His lines just sound classic. [When] he came out, I was excited to get that [2004 Documentary debut] album. He really was bringing some new stuff to hip-hop.

I just think he's super dope and I think he deserves more lyrical respect than he gets.I know he gets a lot of respect but I think he's one of the dopest.

JR Rotem was born in South Africa in 1975. His early training consisted of piano and classical music. After high school, JR attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in piano performance. He became enthralled with Hip Hop after hearing Run DMC's album 'Raising Hell.' JR's break came when his music made it's way into the hands of Dwayne Wiggins who thought Rotem's sound was perfect for Destiny's Child. 'Fancy' and 'My Song' were then heard by Dr. Dre who demanded the music. What followed was over 100 album cuts for artists from 50 Cent to Rihanna to Jennifer Lopez.

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